Sunlake High turns in soaring performances

Sunlake High School knows how to keep the energy level up — both on and off campus, with the help of its color guard, marching band and choir groups. Whether twirling flags, playing instruments or singing — students from Sunlake have performed well regionally and even nationally. “We’re a very comprehensive program,” explained Brandon Slaughter, Sunlake’s band director. “Most of the time … [Read more...]

Bay Area writers display their literary works

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library had an even larger volume of books stacked up as it held its annual Authors’ Fair on May 18. The event featured 20 writers from the Tampa Bay area showcasing their works across many genres. It was an opportunity for Pasco County residents to discover local literature, speak with the authors and purchase signed books. Deborah Cameron had her booth set … [Read more...]

Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, multiple family. The Pasco County Planning … [Read more...]

Changes coming to Sunlake and State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan, at the southwest corner of Sunlake Boulevard and State Road 54. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a specific zoning request for the land at a May 21 public hearing. The 72.6-acre parcel, which is part of the Long Lake Ranch development, previously was designated for retail, office and residential … [Read more...]

Local veterans’ home celebrates 20 years of service

The Baldomero Lopez State Veterans’ Nursing Home drew hundreds to a celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the center’s opening in Land O’ Lakes. The April 30 ceremony was held outside the facility, which has been home to veterans and has been a place where many community organizations have been involved for two decades. Marlies Sarrett, the facility administrator, opened the … [Read more...]

Students learn the value of thankfulness

Students of the Academy at the Lakes spent part of their school day on April 15 reflecting and sharing their thoughts on the value of gratitude. The session was part of a daylong presentation known as “Day of Manners,” presented by Tia Young, president and CEO of her company, Tia Young Image and Etiquette LLC. Young has been the presenter for the etiquette series hosted at the … [Read more...]

Out & About Expo offered fun for all ages

Children had plenty of options to have a good time at the Out & About Summer Expo, presented by The Laker/Lutz News, and sponsored by Kids R Kids Learning Academy in Land O’ Lakes. Kids posed for photos with the Easter Bunny and Queen Elsa, petted a horse and baby goats, searched for eggs and took home beach balls, balloons and other giveaways from exhibitors. But, the fun wasn’t … [Read more...]

Local business pays gift forward

The Color Express, together with Land O’ Lakes Gators Youth Football, hosted a Community Day on March 31, at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The Color Express was a winner of the United Health Care/Buccaneers Spotlight on Small Business contest, and to pay it forward, it shared the prize with the community. The event was open to the public and featured the Tampa Bay … [Read more...]

Painting rocks with a spring theme

The Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, recently hosted a rock painting event where participants were encouraged to channel their inner artist by painting rocks with a spring theme, in honor of Earth Day. Acrylic paints were used to design bumble bees, ladybugs and garden flowers. The library hosts a rock painting class one Wednesday a month. Earth Day is on April 22. … [Read more...]

‘Out & About 2019’ offers fun for the whole family

The Out & About 2019 Expo invites families to find out more about what’s happening locally, and give kids a chance to have some Easter fun. The event, presented by The Laker/Lutz News, is set for April 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. “The No. 1 reason why people read The Laker/Lutz News is because they’re looking … [Read more...]